2X NCAA Champ Askren To Conduct FREE Clinic in Middletown

2X NCAA Champion and 2008 Olympian Ben Askren

On November 28th (Black Friday) Forever Fierce is funding a FREE wrestling clinic to all Section 9 wrestlers and coaches!  This clinic will feature guest technician Ben Askren.  Askren is a 2X NCAA Champion, 4X NCAA finalist, 2008 Olympian, and the current Bellator Welterweight Champion (MMA).  The clinic will take place from 10:00 – 2:00 at Middletown High School.  Click on Ben Askren Clinic to download the brochure.  Let’s show up in force for this one Section 9!!!  Thank you Forever Fierce!

McGrath 4th, Signorelli 5th @ Oneonta Tourney

Thanks in large part to  SUNY Cortland’s Mike McGrath and Justin Signorelli, Section 9 was very well represented at 2011 Oneonta State Red Dragon Invitational on Saturday.  McGrath, a junior and 2010 Kingston graduate, went 4-2 and took home 4th place honors at 184 lbs.  2009 Highland graduate Justin Signorelli, a team captain for SUNY Cortland, went 5-2 and placed 5th at 165 lbs.  Great job both guys!!!

Southern Maine Head Coach Joe Pistone (Middletown, 1995)

Also of local interest, Southern Maine finished 6th out of 11 in the team standings.  Why is this of “of local interest”????  Southern Maine is coached by 1995 Middletown graduate Joe Pistone!

Click below for complete brackets

2011 Oneonta State Red Dragon Invitational

Franco Notches Win In Hofstra Victory Over Wisconsin

The Hofstra Pride won seven of the ten bouts enroute to recording a 25-12 victory over Wisconsin.  The Hoftra (1-0) win was the first for new Head Wrestling Coach Rob Anspach.  Wisconson dropped to 5-1 on the season.

One of the Pride’s victories came from 2009 Monroe Woodbury graduate Jamie Franco.  Franco, a 133 lb. red-shirt sophomore, recored a 4-3 vicyory on an escape in the first tiebreaker.  For the complete story and all individual results click on the link below.

Hofstra 25 Wisconsin 12


Pre-Season Rankings are out!!!!

How do we know that the wrestling season has officially started???  Simple….because SectionIXwrestling.com’s pre-season rankings are out!  For the first few weeks of the season, we will be doing a combined D1 and D2 ranking.  We will do separate D1 and D2 team rankings throughout the entire season.  Let the debates begin!!!


Preseason Rankings

Wt.                   1st                             2nd              _           3rd_____   ___4th_____
Vespa(MW)                  Daly (MV)                  Cuccolo(PB)            Smoot(MW)        
Raccioppi(MV)            Sweeney(Corn)         Booth(PJ)                Sebesta(Wall)
 Stramiello(PB)            Krieder (Corn)          Bastone (NFA)        Baum (MW)
 Ginley (War)                Bolger (VC)               Rambrose(MV)       Jackson (Midd)
 Hodes (RV)                  Januszkiewicz(NP)  Gomez (Mont)         Clark (VC)
 Corradino(War)          Dimler (RV)               Robles (PB)             Brown (Midd)
 Connolly (War)           Murphy (MW)           Morse (RV)              Muller (PJ)          
Wierzbicki (War)        Roth (Corn)               Voelker (MW)         Cuilty (NFA)
Sauschuck (PJ)            Sommer (RV)            Weston (PB)            Edwards (PJ)
          Bedross (War)              Sause (PB)                 DeCarlo (PJ)           Vandercliff (MW)
          Casey (Wash)                Nelson (Midd)          Martinez (Lib)        Mayo (MV)
Sannella(MV)                Milano (MW)           Mentz (Saug)           Sliter (War)
          Leavell (War)                Hassan (VC)             Gagnon (Corn)        Merenyi (Gosh)
         Gorelov (War)               Edmond (King)       Hanlon (MV)           Winters (Wall)
Stanley (Saug)              Stauble (King)          Cheeks (NFA)         Corcoran (Eld-Fall)

Archived Rankings: (printable Word document…includes full names and grades)

Pre-Season Rankings

Army’s Thome Takes Home Title At Body Bar

Army junior Jordan Thome won four matches on Saturday enroute to earning the 133 lb. title at The Body Bar Invitational.  Thome defeated Chris Dardanes from the University of Minnesota by a 9-8 score to capture the crown.  He won his other three bouts by the scores of 12-0, 7-0, and 5-4.  James Raftery (157), Coleman Gracey (165), and Michael Gorman (184) all earned 6th place honors for the Black Knights who finished 7th out of 12 teams.  Host Cornell took the team title with Kent State and the University of Virginia rounding out the top 3.  Virginia is coached by 1995 Middletown graduate Steve Garland.

UVA Head Coach and 1995 Middletown graduate Steve Garland

Other locals at the Body Bar included Lock Haven’s Matt Parlier (Port Jervis, 2009) who went 1-2 at 197 lbs. and Dingmans Ferry, PA native Joe Stanzione who placed 5th at 133 wrestling for Cornell. 

Final Brackets for The 2011 Body Bar Invitational


Warwick's Mitch Wightman and Minisink Valley's Kyle Diesel met in both the Section 9 and state finals last year! Could you be next?

November 14, 2011…the day is finally here!  Today is the day for which so many of you have been waiting…today marks the first day of practice for the 2011 – 2012 wrestling season!  SectionIXwrestling.com would like to wish good luck to all of the wrestlers, parents and coaches as we embark on this new season.  The New York State Wrestling Championships take place on February 24th and 25th in Albany, NY.  Wrestlers….your journey to Albany begins today!  Make it happen!


** New Weight Classes For The 2011-2012 Season**
                     99, 106, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220, 285

MW Grad Franco Takes 6th at Binghamton Open

Hofstra University red-shirt sophomore Jamie Franco placed 6th at 133 pounds in 2011 Binghamton Open held on Sunday in the West Gymnasium on the campus of SUNY Binghamton.  Franco, a 2009 Monroe Woodbury graduate, went 4-3 on the day.  Hofstra returns to action on Sunday, 11/20, in a home match against Wisconsin.  To view the  completed bracket for the 2011 Binghamton Open, click on the link below. Congratulations Jamie and keep up the good work!

2011 Binghamton Open Final Bracket


Black Knights Finish 4th at Oklahoma Gold Classic

The Army Black Knights wrestling team placed 13 wrestlers and finished 4th in the team standings at Saturday’s Oklahoma Gold Classic held at SUNY Brockport.  Junior Jordan Thome placed second at 133 pounds.  Daniel Young (149), Jim Raffert (157), and Collin Wittmeyer (174) all placed third for Army.  Click on the link below to read the full story from the Army Wrestling website.

Army Places 4th at Oklahoma Gold Classic


Warriors shine at East Stroudsburg Open; Biddle 3rd, Diesel 4th

Minisink Valley graduates Jeremiah Biddle and Kyle Diesel placed 3rd and 4th, respectively, at Saturday’s East Stroudsburg Open.  Biddle, a red-shirt senior, wrestles at 133 pounds for Division 1 Bloomsburg University.  The 2007 Minisink graduate was a 2X state qualifier in high school.  Diesel, a 174 pound true freshman, wrestles for Merchant Marine Academy.  Kyle finished second at the NYS high school championships this past February after losing in the finals to Warwick graduate Mitch Wightman.  It is the only time that two Section 9 wrestlers have met in a state final.  Congratulations to Jeremiah and Kyle for their outstanding performances!  Both of you have once again made Section 9 proud!!!  To view the completed brackets of The 2011 East Stroudsburg Open click on the link below.

2011 ESO Brackets